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Get your kids started on JavaScript with 50% off a Bitsbox coding subscription box

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 11:42

Your kids may be gearing up for summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Just in time for the long break, Amazon has slashed the price of its Bitsbox coding subscription box for kids, bringing the first month’s box down to $15Remove non-product link from a normal price of $30.

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Minecraft Earth busts out of the box as a Pokemon Go-inspired mobile AR game

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:52
Microsoft has announced Minecraft Earth, a new AR game for iPhones and Android phones that will be in limited beta this summer.

Minecraft Earth busts out of the box as a Pokemon Go-inspired mobile AR game

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:52

If you’ve ever wished your Pokemon Go had a little less Pikachu and a little more Creeper, Microsoft has a game for you. Headed to mobile phones this summer as a limited beta, Minecraft Earth will blend the power of augmented reality with the mobs and skins of Minecraft to create a whole new world to build and explore.

In an interview with the Verge, game director Torfi Olafsson said Minecraft Earth is an “adaptation” of the popular sandbox game rather than a straight port. However, the game is built on the same Bedrock engine, so it brings over many of the same elements, along with some new ones. “We have tried to stay very true to the kind of core design pillars of Minecraft,” Olafsson said, “and we’ve worked with the design team in Stockholm to make sure that the spirit of the game is carried through.”

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Snag 8 awesomely fun Lego video games for just $12 while you still can

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 10:02

It’s Friday, and the Humble Store’s offering some dirt-cheap gaming gratification to kick off the weekend. The Humble Lego Games Bundle includes a total of eight games available as Steam codes, and paying just $12 or more unlocks every one. Don’t delay, though: This Humble Bundle expires on Tuesday, and a portion of the proceeds go towards charity. 

As with other bundles Humble, there are several pricing tiers available, with certain games unlocking at each. If you pay just one dollar you’ll get Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Batman: The Videogame. If you pay more than the average ($8.44 at this writing), Humble adds Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and The Lego Movie - Videogame. The latter is really the prize of the lot, as it’s a great game for kids 8 and up.

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CyberGhost 7 review: A great choice for streaming overseas

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 08:00

We haven’t looked at Romania-based CyberGhost since version 5 in early 2018. CyberGhost is on to version 7 now, with a whole new look, more servers, and more country locations. Overall, it’s still the same great service with solid speeds, and the ability to get around regional restrictions of all kinds of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, and others.

Many people prefer CyberGhost thanks to the fact that it operates in Romania, which is well outside of the so-called Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and Fourteen Eyes intelligence alliances. If that concerns you then I suppose CyberGhost is a good fit. Before you get all paranoid about your browsing habits, however, consider the online services you currently have. If you use Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo for email, or put your documents in Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive there’s a lot more to worry about than your browsing habits if you’re really concerned about western intelligence spying on your stuff.

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Every accessory you need to deal with the iPhone's missing headphone jack

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 07:00

No headphone jack? No problem. Or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and it has been missing from iPhones ever since. Even the latest iPad Pro has jettisoned this age-old connector. 

If you want to use your old headphones, you need a 3.5mm to Lightning headphone adapter. If you want to listen to tunes while you charge your phone, whether you use an adaptor or the Lightning earbuds that came with your iPhone, you’ll need a wireless charging pad.

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How to type kaomoji on your PC in Windows 10

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 06:27

How can I type kaomoji on my PC? And what are kaomoji, anyway? Fortunately, the answers to both questions are simple, and easily accessible within Windows 10. The familiar emoji keyboard within Windows has been expanded to include both kaomoji and symbols, and adding them to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media apps is extremely easy. 

What’s a kaomoji? A kaomoji is simply a more complex emoticon, the predecessor to the emoji. You’re probably familiar with the smiley :) or winky ;) which consist of familiar punctuation symbols combined to form an expression.That’s an emoticon. Emoji are simply pictorial representations of emoticons, so that a winky symbol is represented as a 😉.  

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OnePlus 7 Pro review: Not a flagship killer, a flagship contender

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 06:02

The OnePlus 7 Pro is everything a OnePlus phone isn’t supposed to be. It has a better screen than the Galaxy S10+. It has a nicer design than the iPhone XR. And its front camera puts the Pixel 3 XL’s notch to utter shame.

You might notice that those three phones all cost upwards of a thousand dollars, a stark contrast to the $669 7 Pro. But beyond the tremendous value, it’s the first OnePlus phone I’ve used that truly feels like a flagship and not just a premium alternative. The previous OnePlus models all had attractive price tags while still packing top-of-the-line specs, but they never quite measured up to the phones they were challenging. The 6 and 6T were the phones to buy instead of a flagship. With the 7 Pro, OnePlus has made a phone that Samsung and Apple should fear.

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Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 06:00
The one-touch access to your favorite Sonos playlist or Hue lighting scene is fun—for the first few days.

Three keyboard changes Apple should make—to iOS

Mac World - Fri, 2019-05-17 06:00

As a writer, the vast majority of my time is spent inputting text, which means that the most crucial of the tools of my trade is, of course, the keyboard.

Now, you probably think you know where this is going. Apple’s certainly taken a lot of flak for its laptop keyboards over the last couple years, and frankly I’m of the opinion that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But I’m not here to talk about the keyboards on the company’s laptops.

I’m here to talk about iOS. Apple popularized the onscreen keyboard with the launch of the first iPhone, deciding to eschew the hardware keyboards that were de rigueur on smartphones at the time. The virtual keyboard was more space efficient, more versatile, and contained no moving parts. To ease the transition, Apple added a variety of features to make typing smarter than it was on a traditional keyboard.

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Nuimo Click review: This smart home device’s novelty wears off quickly

PC World - Fri, 2019-05-17 06:00
The one-touch access to your favorite Sonos playlist or Hue lighting scene is fun—for the first few days.

How to set up Steam Link on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 18:43

It only took a year, but Valve’s Steam Link app has finally arrived on the App Store for both iOS devices and Apple TV. Apple originally rejected it in part because its design let you buy games through Steam without letting Apple gets its cut, and so only our friends on Android devices have been able to enjoy the feature for the past 12 months.

But now all that’s behind us. Now that Steam Link is here, it’s a great way to enjoy playing your Mac or PC games with the relative freedom and comfort of an iPhone or Apple TV—at least as long if you have a strong connection. We’ll start by telling you what you’ll need before you hop into a game, and then we’ll walk you through the steps of setting it up. We'll also help with some troubleshooting. This has been a long time coming, so let’s not waste any more time!

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How to set up Steam Link on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 18:43
Valve’s Steam Link app allows remote streaming from a PC or Mac to an iOS device or Apple TV, and it’s relatively easy to set up.

The Epic Mega Sale tempts PC gamers with weekly freebies and $10 off any game over $15

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 16:13

The Epic Games Store is holding its first sale since it launched last December, and it’s both a) complicated and b) generous. Why? Well, it’s actually two sales stacked on top of one another. “Great games up to 75% off” is the first part—fairly standard. “$10 off every game $14.99 and up” is the second, and yes, the deals are cumulative.

It’s Epic’s latest play at luring you into the Epic Games Store. Exclusive titles like Metro: ExodusAshenThe Walking Dead – The Final Season, and Hades all have nominal discounts under the “Up to 75% off” umbrella. And I do mean nominal, for the most part. Metro for instance is discounted by...$5. That wouldn’t normally be enough to stand out.

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The dream of dual-booting Windows 10 on Chromebooks appears dead

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 14:03

It sounded dreamy. Late last year, signs of an “AltOS” mode appeared in Google code, indicating that the company was working on a way to let you dual-boot into Windows 10 on high-end Chromebooks like the Pixelbook. It was apparently too good to be true, alas, as new developments suggest that Google abandoned the secretive “Project Campfire” months ago.

Poking around Chromium code, Redditor u/crosfrog noticed comments stating AltOS mode is now deprecated, as first reported by Kevin Tofel at About Chromebooks. Tofel says that active development on Project Campfire halted last December after an initial flurry of activity. The dream of dual-booting Windows on Chromebooks appears to be dead.  

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 beta to developers

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 13:00

Apple released iOS 12.3 in the second week of May, bringing us its new TV app with Channels subscriptions. Just days later, it started releasing betas to developers for another point release, iOS 12.4.

With WWDC just around the corner, and the first iOS 13 beta likely to land at that time, it’s not yet clear why Apple needs another release. Simple bug and security fixes generally don’t get major point-release status; we would get a 12.3.1 release if there were no significant user-facing features.

Those who are part of Apple’s developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to developer.apple.com/download. Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting beta.apple.com while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Microsoft revives once-dead Paint with new keyboard controls and accessibility enhancements

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:53

Windows 10’s once-doomed Microsoft Paint hasn’t only been given a reprieve, it’s also apparently been given a new lease on life. The fan favorite software, previously labeled as “deprecated” and all but chucked into the trash bin by Microsoft, is gaining some new capabilities in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, the company revealed this week.

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Microsoft's popular Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse bundle hasn't been this cheap in 2 years

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:08

If you spend all your time sitting in front of a computer, a comfortable keyboard and mouse is a crucial investment for your day-to-day sanity and long-term health. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Today, the popular Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic desktop wireless keyboard and mouse combo is $80 on Amazon, down from a list price of $130 and a usual selling price of around $100. Amazon hasn’t sold this bundle for less in over two years.

This wireless keyboard's split layout, cushioned palm rest, and domed shape provide maximum comfort and support for your hands and wrists during long days of typing, reducing the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s the main claim to fame for this acclaimed keyboard, though a rated battery life of up to three years also means you can use the keyboard for a long, long time without needing to replace the batteries.

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Microsoft's popular Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse bundle hasn't been this cheap in 2 years

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:08

If you spend all your time sitting in front of a computer, a comfortable keyboard and mouse is a crucial investment for your day-to-day sanity and long-term health. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Today, the popular Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic desktop wireless keyboard and mouse combo is $80 on Amazon, down from a list price of $130 and a usual selling price of around $100. Amazon hasn’t sold this bundle for less in over two years.

This wireless keyboard's split layout, cushioned palm rest, and domed shape provide maximum comfort and support for your hands and wrists during long days of typing, reducing the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s the main claim to fame for this acclaimed keyboard, though a rated battery life of up to three years also means you can use the keyboard for a long, long time without needing to replace the batteries.

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BrandPost: An Easier Way to Back Up Your iPhone without iTunes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:42

Apple iPhone users generally love their devices for ready access to apps, content, and more. But when it comes to functions such as backup and restore, document and photo storage, or managing music purchases, users can often become frustrated by an overload of apps and processes.

Why, you may wonder, isn’t there a better way to manage this stuff? Well, there is. DearMob iPhone Manager allows users to simply back up and restore iPhones and iPads to their own PC or Mac hard drives without iTunes.

For most users, Apple’s iTunes has long been the control point for backing up and restoring iOS content such as music and video, along with crucial system information on iPhones and iPads. At least until iCloud came along.

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